Commission on Unity & Witness

Our mission is to connect congregations from across the region as they build ministries of compassion, justice, and reconciliation.  We want to hear what your church is passionate about and help you share your experience and expertise.  Over the coming year, we plan to knit together a supportive network of congregations to help us all teach, support, and learn from each other.

Please stay tuned for our upcoming blog!  You’ll find information about social and eco-justice ministries from congregations around the region that will help you connect with them and build on their work.  Are you passionate and excited about your church’s social or eco-justice ministry?  Please get in touch with us!  We’d love to share your story on our website and help other congregations connect to you and learn from your experience.

The Commission on Unity and Witness also provides educational and financial resources for congregations seeking to address social justice issues in their community.  Here are a few ways you can get involved:

Reconciliation Grants

The objective of the Reconciliation Ministries in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana is to undergird reconciling ministries related to the systemic problems of race within our communities in Indiana, seeking to implement the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your gifts to the Reconciliation Mission Offering each year make funds available that the Region can disburse in support of congregational efforts to dismantle and overcome systemic racism.

The Regional Commission on Reconciliation is responsible for disbursing Reconciliation Grant funds and reporting to the Regional Board. Some of the guidelines for Reconciliation Grants include:

  • Grants will usually be short term and ordinarily will not exceed $5,000;
  • Projects should show local initiatives and responsible participation by local Disciple congregations;
  • Projects should show a great likelihood of continuing beyond the life of the grant unless there is an obvious reason for a short-term project.

If your congregation is interested in applying for a Reconciliation Grant, please download the complete guidelines and application using the links below:

Anti-Racism & Pro-Reconciliation Training

Anti-Racism & Pro-Reconciliation (ARPR)  Training for Ordained and Commissioned Ministers to comply with Resolution 1601, requiring to all commissioned and ordained ministers who desire standing within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana to participate in regionally sponsored ARPR trainings every five years, in addition to the Healthy Boundaries training requirement. The training format will be similar to Healthy Boundaries, and will be a safe space for all clergy to explore today’s pressing issues related to race and how we, as individuals and as the church can be the change in the movement towards wholeness.

Register for the inaugural ARPR training here


Green Chalice

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.” Psalm 24: 1

The Green Chalice Mission: Disciples of Christ connecting Christian faith, spiritual practice and environmental consciousness in order to demonstrate the fullness of God’s shalom.


Congo

In May 2008, a delegation of nine Indiana Disciples, including Indiana Regional Minister Rick Spleth and General Minister and President Sharon Watkins, traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo. On this trip, a mission partnership between the Christian Church in Indiana, the Mbandaka District of the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) and Global Ministries was born.

While in Mbandaka, Sharon Watkins, Rick Spleth, and Rev. ILUMBE Ndjongo, Principal Supervising Pastor (PSP) for the Mbandaka District, signed the Partnership Agreement.

Partnership Video

This video recounts the trip of the first Indiana Disciples delegation to the Congo in 2008. It also describes the origin of the mission partnership between Disciples in Indiana and those in the Mbandaka District.

Congo Connection!

An exciting curriculum for Vacation Bible School or Rotation Church School is now available for download.  Developed by members of the Partnership Task Force and persons who made the Congo visit in May 2008, the curriculum is available for free to congregations of the Christian Church in Indiana.

Looking for a congregation? Find one near you, today!